Friday, January 4, 2013

The hypocrites are coming out in force now that gun owners addresses have been published, but why not one registry for all sinners?

Yep, the hypocrites are out in force now. A registry is okay for ex-sex offenders, who are put in danger for their lives, a long with their families and children, but due to the "sex offender" label, it's okay? If an online hit-list is okay for ex-sex offenders, then it's good enough for everybody else. Don't worry though, eventually everybody will be on a registry, it's only a matter of time.

JAPAN - Why do innocent people confess?

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By Mariko Oi

Japan has a conviction rate of more than 99%. But in recent months there has been a public outcry over a number of wrongful arrests where innocent people confessed to crimes.

It started with a threat posted on the city of Yokohama's website in late June: "I'll attack a primary school and kill all the children before the summer."

In the months that followed, there were a number of similar threats posted on the internet - some threatening famous people, including the Emperor's grandchildren.

After a police investigation, four people were arrested. Two, including a 19-year-old student, confessed while in custody.

But on 9 October, the real perpetrator sent an email to a lawyer - Yoji Ochiai - and local media, explaining how he or she made those threats by taking control of innocent internet users' computers with a virus.

His or her purpose, as stated in the email to Ochiai, was "to expose the police and prosecutors' abomination".

And in a way, it did. It raised the question - why did the innocent people confess to a crime that they didn't commit? What kind of pressure were they put under?

"I was surprised to have received the email but I wasn't surprised that the innocent people confessed," says Ochiai.

There have been a number of wrongful convictions in the past, he says.

"But unlike other cases, the fact that these cyber threat incidents happened to ordinary people who were just using the internet raised the fear that it could have happened to anyone," he adds.

CT - Keeping kids safe from sex offenders

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By Tina Detelj

MONTVILLE (WTNH) - They're designed to keep children safe from sex offenders, but now Montville says their "child safety zones" may have to go.

Opponents say those zones could open the town up to a lawsuit, but residents who spoke with News 8 say they want those zones to stay.

The opening of the state's first sex offender treatment facility is causing a town to react again. Montville tried to stop it from opening, but when it opened anyway town councilors passed ordinances creating safety zones.

However, now petitions signed by as many as 600 people are calling for a second look at those ordinances which ban all registered sex offenders from town owned parks and its senior center.

"Even if they go to jail they're still going to be a sex offender when they get out," said Paul Chihocki, of Montville. "Once it's in you it's in you, that's what I think."

A couple of town councilors feel the ordinances designed to keep children and the elderly safe are well intentioned but very broad, which could open up the town to a possible lawsuit by the ACLU.

"If they look at it it's going to have to be individual every single individual case," said Bev Armstrong, of Montville.

"So it should be more specific or not have such a blanket policy," questioned News 8's Tina Detelj.

"Right, it's going to have to be more specific," said Armstrong.

The ordinances cannot be amended, so the petition gives councilors two choices: rescind the bans or send the question to voters.

Certainly councilors may have erred on the side of safety when they developed the safety zones, but now they may have to make sure they're not infringing on anyone's civil liberties.

News 8 talked to Armstrong and Chihocki because as residents the decision to rescind may be up to them.

"Sounds like it's not an easy answer," Detelj said.

"No no," Armstrong said.

"I've seen so many times a guy goes to jail, he gets out and the next day he's doing the same thing he went to jail for," Chihocki said.
- Prove it! I don't believe you!

The town council could decide its next step at its next meeting January 14th.

MA - A murder occurs and instead of punishing just the murderer, Massachusetts punishes the scapegoat (ex-sex offenders)?

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By George Brennan

Less than a decade after a Falmouth murder case shined the spotlight on the need for reform of the state's Sex Offender Registry, a monitoring program sparked by the outrage no longer exists — a victim of budget cuts.
- As usual, a murder occurs, so they go after ex-sex offenders instead of murderers!  That is like punishing all thieves for something a serial killer has done.  Yeah, doesn't make much sense, does it?  Sex offenders are nothing more than today's scapegoat!

Now, in the wake of an alleged sex abuse case at an unlicensed day care center in Wakefield, there is a renewed push to reform how sex offenders are classified. [name withheld], whose wife ran the day care business, had previously been classified as a Level I sex offender for a 1989 conviction of assault on a child.

In her inaugural speech Wednesday, Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, who represents the Upper Cape, said the state's sex offender laws will be one of her legislative priorities.
- Yes of course, she is trying to get elected, or just elected, so what better way to appeal to the sheeple?  This just goes to show you that no matter how many laws you pass, if a person is intent on committing a crime, they will.  These laws are useless and just used by politicians to help them get elected, or to help them look "tough" to the ignorant public.

"With the start of this new session, we will re-examine the criteria for sex offender registration to ensure that we are doing all that we can to protect our children and their families," Murray said after being elected to her fourth term in the Senate's top job.
- No matter what you do, it won't prevent children from being harmed, period!

It was Murray who in 2004 worked with Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings and Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe after [name withheld], a registered sex offender who had failed to notify law enforcement of his moves as required by law, killed 20-year-old [name withheld] of Falmouth.

Murray pushed for $275,000 to bring a pilot program to the county that made sure sex offenders were classified before leaving prison, Cummings said Thursday. Inmates in state prison were sent to the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne for the last six to nine months of their sentences, Cummings said, where hearings were held by the Sex Offender Registry Board to classify them as Level I, II or III sex offenders.

While they were still in jail, the sheriff's office and local police teamed up to check out the address where the offender planned to live, Cummings said. They also did periodic checks to make sure the offender hadn't moved without letting law enforcement know, he said.

Officers and sheriff's deputies also checked in with employers periodically, he said.

"It was a great program, and we wanted to expand it, but (the) administration cut funding," Murray said Thursday.

With the funding cut in 2008, the sheriff still holds hearings at the jail for inmates sentenced to Barnstable County, but no longer has the resources to take in all Cape sex offenders from other jails, he said. The department can no long afford to do the routine checks, Cummings said.

"We pretty much had a thumb on where they lived and worked," he said. "We don't do that anymore either."

Murray said she would like to see funding for that program restored and to tighten up controls that allow suspects like [name withheld] to slip through the cracks.

"You have to fund it," she said. "It's a public safety issue. We put money in other areas. We need to put money into this."

Murray would also like the criteria for each level to be reviewed because she doesn't believe [name withheld] should ever have been classified as a Level I. The Sex Offender Registry Board also should have the ability to review allegations brought against a sex offender, even if it doesn't result in a court conviction, she said.
- It doesn't matter what someone classifies an offender, it will never be enough.  If they commit another crime, politicians will say, "See, the program isn't working and he/she shouldn't have been a tier 1," just like this politician is now screaming about.  They will not be satisfied until all criminals are in prison for life and never let out, but even then I'm sure they'll find something else to be dissatisfied about.

The state Department of Corrections also must begin review of sex offenders earlier to ensure that none are released before they are classified, something that's already required by law but isn't always being done because of a backlog of cases, Murray said.

Charles McDonald, a spokesman for the Sex Offender Registry Board, said the agency has cut the classification time in half and only a "small number" are released without being classified.

Classifications have to be able to withstand judicial review, he said.

Murray said a small working group is already looking at possible reforms, noting that the Patrick administration, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, are all on board with making changes.

The registry board supported a comprehensive bill filed by Gov. Patrick in 2012 that would have allowed the posting of Level II offenders and the release of Level I offenders upon request, McDonald said. He's hopeful some of those reforms will be considered this year.

Cummings said he was pleased to hear Murray once again leading the charge for tighter controls on sex offenders, though he acknowledged being frustrated that it takes high profile incidents like the Wessner murder and the alleged abuse of babies in Wakefield to trigger change.

"It's like crisis management seems to be the way government works," Cummings said.

Having Murray behind it will help, he said. "That's where the money is going to come from."

O'Keefe, the district attorney who is president of the state association of district attorneys for the coming year, met briefly with Murray during a visit to the Statehouse on Thursday.

"We haven't seen any proposals or discussed any details, but that would be a welcome initiative that she's undertaking," O'Keefe said.

FL - OPPAGA finds sex offender registration is rising

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By Bill Cotterell

The number of sex offenders registering with police has risen four times faster than Florida's population, but state and federal law enforcement agencies have dramatically cut the number who get away, says a new legislative study of rules imposed since the rape and murder of a little girl horrified the state in 2005.

However, homeless and transient sex offenders take up a lot of police time and paperwork, and about one-fourth of offenders who comply with registration laws can't afford the sign-up fee or lack documentation to verify their arrests. In addition to transient sex offenders, many of the addresses listed by those registering turn out to be jails or homeless shelters, the report said.

The Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability did a statewide review of how the 2005 Jessica Lunsford Act has worked. The law, named for a 9-year-old Homosassa girl who was kidnapped  raped and murdered, requires life sentences for anyone assaulting children under 12, and a 2007 revision added new rules for those classified as predators.

All offenders are required to check in with police every six months, and those classified as predators have to check in every 90 days -- updating identification, addresses, phone numbers phone and e-mail addresses, work locations and other data.

"The number of registered sex offenders residing in Florida communities has grown by 28 percent, from 18,607 in 2005 to 23,813 in 2012," the OPPAGA report said. "During this same time period, the state population grew by roughly 6.5 percent."

OPPAGA said the number of predators almost doubled -- from 1,222 in 2005 to 2,400 last year.

But the number of registered offenders absconding from official supervision has fallen from 1,214 when the act was passed to 646 last year. The number of predators not reporting in edged up from 45 in 2005 to 47 last year, OPPAGA said.

Predators are distinguished from other offenders as those "who present an extreme threat to public safety, as demonstrated through repeated sex offenses, the use of physical violence or preying on child victims."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which maintains a public registry of sex offenders, told OPPAGA analysts that several factors have contributed to the decline in numbers of criminals who abscond or otherwise lose contact with police.

"These factors include the department's hiring of absconder analysts to actively monitor the sex offender registry to identify absconders quickly," said the report. "In addition, FDLE and local sheriffs' offices are working with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate absconded sex offenders."

Sex-offense statutes also include restrictions on where offenders can live, requirements for electronic monitoring and prohibition of contact with children.

Tracking homeless, transient and indigent offenders with oft-changing addresses remains a chronic problem, even when they try to comply with registration laws, OPPAGA said. It said the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles processed 22,329 identification requests for sex offenders between Aug. 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012, and 23.3 percent of them -- 5,194 offenders -- either couldn't furnish required documentation or pay fees ranging from $25 to $54.25, depending on whether they wanted a driving license or other ID card.

Sheriffs' offices also reported that locating transient offenders "was a major impediment" in verifying addresses they provided. The report said some counties require transients to call police weekly, in addition to showing up in person quarterly or semi-annually, as required by their offense records.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey thanked OPPAGA for its analysis of the sex-offender registry.

"Despite the complexities and challenges of administering the system, Florida remains a national model," Bailey wrote in his reply to the OPPAGA report. "The Florida registry maintains a remarkably low percentage of absconded registrants; it has decreased from 4.37 percent in 2005 to 1.23 percent, despite the 65 percent increase in number of registrants."

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Choose Your Own Crime Statistics

This is not related to sexual crimes, but it does show that politicians and companies who lobby for changing laws, usually pick and chose what statistics they want you to see and hear, as if we didn't know that already. But if you look at the true statistics, they don't coincide with what these people are telling you. Remember, never trust anybody at face value, find out the truth for yourself! Question everything, as the slogan goes!

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